Spain & Portugal Real Food Adventure

02/23/2020 through 09/25/2021
02/23/2020 through 09/28/2021
Intrepid Travel

Spain & Portugal Real Food Adventure

Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of northern Spain and Portugal on this food-led adventure. Immerse yourself in culture, history and cuisine as you taste local produce at Santa Catarina Market, whip up Catalan specialties in a cooking class and wander the stunning Gothic Quarter. Enjoy the wealth of tapas bars in Logrono, explore the medieval streets and underground wine caves of Laguardia. Venture north to one of Spain’s most celebrated cities, San Sebastian, where beautiful beaches, historic buildings and a thriving food and arts scene bask together under a beaming sun. Experience a traditional Asturian sidreria (cider house) near Oviedo, taste tapas in Santiago de Compostela, capital of Spain’s Galicia region and famous for marking the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail. Discover the proud fish-mongering heritage of the port city of Vigo. Then step across the border to uncover the flavours of Portugal, featuring African, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern influences thanks to centuries of invasion and trade. Sip your way around the Douro Valley, a stunning region responsible for introducing the world to port wine, and enjoy a home cooked dinner and a farm stay in the Alentejo region – fast gaining a reputation as a hotspot for Portuguese gastronomy. Finish up with glass of Ginjinha (wild cherry liqueur) in the charming city of Lisbon.

Activities

  • Barcelona – Cava or Vermouth tasting
  • Santa Caterina Market Tour – Barcelona
  • Logrono – Tapas Crawl
  • La Guardia – Wine Tasting
  • San Sebastian – Basque Cooking Class
  • Picos de Europa – Cocido Lebaniego Meal Experience
  • Picos de Europa – National Park Visit
  • Potes – Market visit and brunch
  • Arenas de Cabrales – Cheese tasting
  • Oviedo – Asturian Cider House visit and tasting
  • Oviedo – Guided walk
  • A Coruna – Fish market visit and seafood lunch
  • Vigo – Fish Market Tour and Cooking Class
  • Porto – City Tasting Tour
  • Porto – Douro Valley Day Trip
  • Alentejo – Farm-cooked Meal
  • Evora – Day Trip
  • Fado Show & Dinner

Highlights

  • Be surrounded by the culture of Catalan cooking (and by jamon hanging from the ceiling) in Barcelona’s many delis
  • Local, fresh produce is at the heart of Catalan food – get a chef’s insight into the best ingredients at Santa Caterina market
  • Sip a glass of famous Rioja in the unique surrounds of Laguardia – in the centuries old cellars beneath the medieval walled town
  • Uncover the local specialties of Asturia and Galicia, sampling true Asturian cider poured in the traditional style, and eating fresh Galician mussels straight from the sea in A Coruna
  • Few places know how to do a farmers market better than Potes – it’s been happening here in the same spot since the 1200s
  • Cook up a Galician feast using Vigo’s finest seafood
  • Sip world-class wines in the spectacular Douro Valley wine region
  • Discover why Alentejo is Portugal’s best kept foodie secret on a farmstay
  • Stand around with the Lisbon locals and enjoy a tipple of cherry liqueur

Itinerary

Day 1 Barcelona
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Day 2 Barcelona
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Day 3 Logrono
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Day 4 Logrono/San Sebastian
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Day 5 San Sebastian
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Day 6 Bilbao/Picos de Europa NP
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Day 7 Oviedo
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Day 8 Oviedo
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Day 9 Santiago de Compostela
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Day 10 Santiago de Compostela
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Day 11 Vigo – Porto
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Day 12 Porto
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Day 13 Douro Valley – Porto
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Day 14 Alentejo Farmstay
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Day 15 Evora – Lisbon
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Day 16 Lisbon
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Day 17 Lisbon
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